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International Migration Conference

17th International Migration Conference: Migration and Belonging MIK17_Flyer_lang

Thursday, June 22 to Saturday, June 24, 2017
University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland, School of Social Work, Olten, Switzerland

The concept of belonging refers to participation of individuals in collective contexts in social, cultural and political spheres, and the demands made of the members of a social group. The term designates and thematizes both the constitutive conditions of the group as well as the relation(s) of individuals to the group. In conceptual terms, this is often discussed in connection with questions regarding identification and identity. Belonging relates to the individual’s relation to social groups but also to society as a whole. In addition, institutional and organizational modes of belonging can be distinguished. Multiple forms of belonging or hybrid modes of belonging are not only possible but in fact can be part of normal human life. Forms of belonging – inherited, chosen or ascribed – become ‘visible‘ and manifest in styles of living, in manners of thought and behavior, in concepts of value, stores of knowledge a person may develop and forms of organizing everyday life, and they can be bound up in diverse ways with diverse conflicts, including conflicts of loyalty. At the conference, through the multiple lenses of a range of disciplines, researchers will describe and analyze what significance is ascribed to social, cultural, religious and political (multiple) forms and types of belonging in the context of migration, how forms of belonging change within the process of migration, and what influence this has on social relations and central features of identification in the destination countries.

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